Author: Eleni Dimarchos


Eleni's Thoughts

For the first time in my life I watched anime, and surprisingly enjoyed it. Having no prior experience with the genre, I was able to watch Hi-Score Girl from a perspective that was free from expectations. But this did not mean I entered the viewing without having preconceptions about the genre, stemming from past history with Western animations which I initially though were quite similar, hence my prior avoidance of the genre.

“Autoethnography…seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience”
Ellis et. al 2011

In reflecting on the way we experience culture, prior understanding, preconceptions and past history must be analysed to understand why we have such an experience. So when I was first told we’d be watching an anime that had many references to gaming I was quite unenthusiastic about watching such a show for the next few hours. I have never…

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Slice of Life

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Sanam Saeed, who plays Zara in the 2018 Pakistani film Cake, describes “the movie, like a cake, [is] made of many layers. It looks one way from the outside and is different inside once you cut a slice” (2018). Which I feel is the perfect analogy to sum up the film. From the outside, it seems as if it will be a movie about an estranged family coming together during a time of need. But as the film progress, layers of Pakistani culture are ultimately broken, creating a film that empowers women and breaks free of toxic masculinity. And oddly, it was a film I related to, to a certain extent.

Looking into the importance of family in Pakistan, it forms the foundations of society, with families traditionally remaining close to each other and relying on relatives for financial and social support (SBS 2020). Families tend to be patriarchal and…

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Bad Ass Women: A Cultural Representation

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Badass. That is the only way to describe Hai Phuong, the incredibly strong female lead of the Vietnamese martial arts movie Furie. A movie which I didn’t know I needed in my life until now. Especially since i’m not a fan of martial arts style movies. But with every kick and punch I was drawn further into Hai’s search for her kidnapped daughter Mai, as she found herself deep in the middle of an organised crime ring participating in human trafficking.

While researching Furie, I came across and article that highlights the importance of colour in the film. Upon initial viewing, the subtle littering of purple only added to the vibrancy of the Vietnamese landscape as opposed to something that stood out to me, but this choice of colour holds a lot more cultural significance. Physically…

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